I bought a used Paul C. Buff “Einstein” (model E640) studio strobe just before Christmas; the package arrived on New Year’s Eve. So far I really like it; I’ve been trying different settings, modifiers, distances and so forth. I took this self-portrait with 2 lights: the Einstein, plus an inexpensive speedlight. Here’s the setup:
- Subject distance from both lights
- ≈ 8′
- Key Light
- Einstein is to subject front & left, ~7′ up, with a 43″ silver “bounce” umbrella angled at subject
- Einstein is set to 5600K at ƒ/-5.0
- Fill Light
- Yongnuo YN 560 III is to subject front & right, ~5′ up, with LumiQuest Softbox III aimed at subject
- Yongnuo is set to 1⁄32 power & 24mm focal length
- Camera distance from subject
- ≈ 1 meter (3′ 3″)
- Leica Tele-Elmarit-M 90mm ƒ/2.8 Nr. 11 800
- Shutter speed
- 1⁄180 second
I made basic tonal adjustments on the image.
I don’t have a power pack or Paul C. Buff triggers or transceivers yet, so the light was running on AC power and I fired the flash with a Yongnuo transmitter and 2 Yongnuo receivers. You can read my review of the LumiQuest Softbox III here.